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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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Day 20: The Challenge of Forgiving Ourselves
published 12 December 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

What you will read now is part of a series of 100 spiritual challenges. Each blog can be viewed separately, but for maximum benefit a reader needs to start with the introductory blog of November 18, 2011, and then continue step by step. Day One begins on Sunday, November 20, 2011.
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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I decided to forgive myself in spoken words to myself for my confessed sins. I tried to spend a whole day not speaking in a self-deprecatory way, as I usually do, calling myself an old hag, a chatter-box, etc. I am presently taking a leave of absence from my work place and because of this challenge I took in happily all the love of people for me who say they will miss me. Some I wouldn’t have thought would miss me.

Your examples:

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I do believe that You have forgiven all my sins. Thank you for the great gift of Confession. I do believe that You want me to believe that in spite of my defects and faults, You find me lovable for begging You to help me moment by moment, step by step. I thank You for the love You show me through family, friends, and colleagues.

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